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    Pro-Palestinian Marchers Rally in France

    Pro-Palestinian protesters run as police charge during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip, which had been banned by police, in Paris, July 19, 2014.
    Pro-Palestinian protesters run as police charge during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip, which had been banned by police, in Paris, July 19, 2014.
    VOA News

    In France, thousands of pro-Palestinians defied a government ban and marched Saturday against Israel's ground offensive in Gaza.

    The protesters filled the streets of several French cities. Riot police lobbed tear gas at demonstrators in Paris as many marchers waved Palestinian flags and chanted "we are all Palestinians."

    French authorities banned demonstrations in many cities after protests in Paris last week turned violent when marchers turned their anger on two synagogues.

    France has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations. Authorities fear increased tensions between the two groups.

    Thousands of Palestinian supporters also marched through central London Saturday, closing down several streets. Police kept the crowd from marching to the Israeli embassy. The London protest was peaceful.

    Other pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been held in the past week in Greece, Belgium and Germany.

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    by: kins Ojoh from: Uganda, East Africa
    July 19, 2014 5:27 PM
    The West and USA allow terrorists into their country.. they seek for asylum status, they settle, get money , start sponsoring their activities allover the world.. and begin causing havoc in a very part of the world...don't watch Israel alone battling them..., you will be the next target of these people,...watch out!!!!!!!!!!!
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    by: joe khoury from: canada
    July 20, 2014 4:30 AM
    France is starting to resemble Gaza and reaks of anti-Semitism....how was this allowed?5

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